Let the season of crazy baseball rumors begin.
In need of a center fielder, the Giants have their eye on Cubs
outfielder Jason Heyward, according to
But price could be steep.
— Phil Rogers (@philgrogers)
November 7, 2017
Heyward, a four-time Gold Glove winner, is still owed $134
million over the next six years of his contract. While he’s
proved dependable with the glove, his production with the bat
has fallen off in recent years. This past season, the
28-year-old hit .259/.326/.389 with 15 doubles, 11 homers and
59 RBI in 126 games.
Heyward’s primary position is right field, but he has started
63 career games in center field, including 12 in 2017.
While Samardzija finished with a 9-15 record and a 4.42 ERA
this past season, he finished with a 6.41 strikeout-to-walk
ratio, good for second in the National League and fourth
overall in the majors. He also surpassed 200 innings for the
fifth straight season, finishing with 207.2 innings pitched.
Melancon’s first season with the Giants didn’t go as planned.
After signing a four-year, $62 million deal last winter, he
battled an arm injury all year. He spent chunks of the season
on the disabled list and appeared in just 32 games. When he
returned in August, he served as the setup man to Sam Dyson. In early September,
Melancon underwent pronator release surgery. He finished with a
4.50 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 30 innings.